Internet Forum and Fandom in Contemporary China

Dr Wang Yi, University of Western Australia

When: 08.Oct.2009 09.00 - 10.00

Where: G40, Baines Wing - Leeds


With the popularity of the Internet in China, a thriving online fandom has developed on the Internet forum, and it has become a part of many people’s everyday lives. Bridging the fields of cyber culture studies and audience studies, this seminar offers a study of TV fans in major aspects of their virtual socializing, exploring how they respond to this boundary-pushing experience, to what extent this affects the social horizontal communication crossing cultural hierarchy, and what they contribute to reshape the nature of Chinese society and culture: does online fandom turn the public sphere into a “private” realm and hence make Chinese elites “redundant’ in popular culture?


Dr Wang Yi is Coordinator of the Chinese Program at the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the University of Western Australia. She received her PhD from Murdoch University. Dr. Wang Yi is the co-author of Cultural Studies (Fudan, 2006) and Popular Culture and Mass Media (Sanlian, 2000). She also co-edited Popular Cultural Studies (Sanlian, 2001).

This seminar is part of the World Universities Network Contemporary China Center Virtual Seminars programme. This year’s series will focus on social development and political reform from economic, ethnic and ecological perspectives with a focus on issues of fairness and equality. The series allows audiences around the world to hear from leading scholars in Contemporary China studies and to engage in dialogue with one another across geographic boundaries. Each seminar includes an interactive question and answer session across all sites.

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